World Hepatitis Day and the First-Ever NYC World Hepatitis B Awareness Week

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ASC took part in a five-borough World Hepatitis Day awareness campaign, followed by a "Freeze Mob" at Foley Square. World Hepatitis Day is recognized around the globe to raise awareness on the real-life impact of viral hepatitis. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 400 million people have chronic viral hepatitis worldwide and most of them do not know they are infected. More than 1 million people die each year from causes related to viral hepatitis, commonly cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is important to know the risk factors for hepatitis, talk to family and friends who may be at risk, speak to your health care provider about treatment and strategies to remain healthy.

African Services' staff also joined council members, healthcare providers and advocates on the steps of City Hall to proclaim July 21 to 27 as the first-ever New York City Hepatitis B Awareness Week, which culminated on the 28th with World Hepatitis Day. The effort aimed at building hepatitis awareness among the public, especially within immigrant communities, renewing support for people living with the disease, and encouraging all New Yorkers to learn their status and receive the hepatitis B vaccine.

African Services offers free and confidential hepatitis B & C screening and navigation to affordable care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.  


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